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(fbow our own correspondent,)

At this time last year hundreds of ploughs were to be t-eon ac work everywhere preparing land for wheat, but ao far. with the exception of an odd patch hero and there no ploughing has been done this Becison and the probability is that the amount of wheat put in will be very limited. The threshing mills are busy just now, and so are the farmers carting away their grain. For tho past three, months the 'Veather;tal"'l«'dh^«p(l6iidia "and not a day's work has been lost through wet weather. The country roads metalled or good; ..condition.^and big loads are the.or^er of; the, day* ■ you may visit the grain stores- when you will and they are always full up, and at most rauVay stations, large stacks are;builtrjUp outside.' Trucks^are very, scarce, and at the wayside stations, in the absence of an official the t language, used by [f some farmers is more -forcible. than, polite. Every Sunday special trains are' son t out in all directions,, taking with.them, empty trucks, and so anxious qre ,the farmers Jm secure one or more of tliese, tlias .fch'ey r pn hearing sounds oif the whistle hurrvto/the"" station, many of them, going, straight from the communion table-Trandrwl^can Maine them ? You have l^eard no doubt of our big yields. We never had anything like it before. On some, farms thereturnismoje than a hundred bushels oats to the acre and the sample Al, but the price for some reason is much below "your quotations, Is 2d being* the >top price at wayside stations,, and the wonder is that Mr Max Friedlander, an old grains merchant, well known to'you; who paid us'-a visit, did not buy the lot and take it with him to Canterbuty where he would get; 2s lOd'for it! However, Mr Friedlander made * a mark here. He took away a big lot of our best sheep and paid large sum* of money to our farmers for ■ ■ them ? > arid {;all the harm we wish .him is that he make heaps of money; out of *his plucky venture, and come down again as soon aa poasible. •*• !'-' ' <''■'' i - Our member, Dr Hodgkinson, gave the electors the other day the benefit of his ideas as to what should be the Government of the future, but tolil: vfc Nothing new.' His "old song is a restoration to Provincialism, instead of the present; system of County Councils, and the' sale of our railways-to a company. Never before did lie; felidw^such^mcapn&ty to keep pace ■' with' the; current^ of modern thought. It is said the Doctor has some chance of being translated t&£tie Upper House—that refuge for politicians "jyho have passed their ~ctay" become incapable* of the' developmeiifciof anything new or original in the way of publi<fp_olicy. There he would, no doubt,: .find himself in congenial complanj.'^'Men'who forget nothing and learn nothing, are .usually selected for seats in the nominee Chamber. The househdiders here take but little interest in r vschopl j masters. _ During the la3t election'in some districts no more than, two householders..flttended n the meeting,* while others could boast of.^^three, but in none did they fail to elect a, full committee, and' at a small village called Drummond ah outgoing committeeman was re-elected, although he never attended a meeting for the past two years, and was absent, too, whenelected, on each occasion. Ever since Mr Edward Saundera left Southland, hunting has been at a,. standstill; the bugle has ; been hung up," and the hounds are like sheep without a shepherd. As there be no Bares to speak of here, hunting was made easy. All along the line where "the drag was pulled, men went out <with axes to cut down fences and remove every obstacle out of[the way, whichlmadeLit,'alnioßt impossible For anyone to break his neck. Hares, however, are increasing fast, and if we can get the hounds out again we may have the pleasure of witnessing a real hunt after pussy, but I am afraid:the thing will die out altogether unless some one like our old friend Mr Saunders, who has some knowledge of the game,l takes the matter up. -: ■ ' 'n Invercargill, May 22nd, 1890.' ■- ?

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SOUTHLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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SOUTHLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2436, 28 May 1890

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